May 29, 2008
ND JUCO visits Ole Miss
Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt has said that he'll recruit mostly from Little Rock, Ark. and points east, but there's always exceptions and the Rebels have gone out on the national level to offer one huge offensive lineman.
Wahpeton (ND) North Dakota State College of Science prospect Aaron Schulte received an offer from Ole Miss late last month and tripped to Oxford last week to get a first hand look at the Ole Miss campus.
Schulte signed a letter of intent with Nebraska as a senior at Norfolk (Neb.) Catholic in 2007. After failing to qualify under NCAA academic guidelines, he enrolled at NDSCS and will be entering his second season at the junior college this fall.
"I liked it down at Ole Miss," Schulte said Thursday evening. "The coaches were real easy to talk with and I saw everything down there - facilities, academic center, stadium, everything.
Schulte departed Ole Miss on May 20 and headed to Norman, Okla. for a look at the Sooners.
"It was really nice to see there tradition," Schulte said. "It was really nice there."
However, the Sooners, like the team Schulte signed with in 2007, Nebraska, have yet to offer. In fact, Ole Miss is the only Division I school to offer Schulte at this point.
And exactly how did Ole Miss get in on a prospect originally from Nebraska and currently in North Dakota?
"I really don't know," Schulte said. "I think my coach must have sent some film out or something."
Schulte, a mamouth 6-foot6, 320 pound prospect with 5.3 speed, said he plans to graduate in December, which would allow him to enroll in college in January and go through spring practice with three years of eligibility left to play two years.
"The coaches told me that if I graduate at mid-year - and I'm on track - then I might could come in and start right away in 2009," Schulte said.
Schulte addressed key issues in his recruitment - his future as a football player - and what's important to him when it comes to selecting a school.
"I'm looking for a school with good academics," he said. "If the opportunity presents itself, I'd love to play at the next level, but I have to approach school as being most important. I'm banking on a good education."
Distance, he said, would not be a factor, nor will the size of the college town.
"I'd prefer to be in a small to medium-sized town," he said. "But that's really not a big deal just like distance. I'll adjust."
Schulte was a two-time Class C1 all-state honoree in high school as an offensive lineman and his high school won the state championship both is sophomore and junior seasons.
He said that while Nebraska showed some interest earlier, he hasn't heard from them in a while and he still hasn't selected a favorite.
"I'm pretty open right now, I just want to see what happens," he said.
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